Slow Fish 201: Where Innovation, Technology, and Values Meet


Speaker Bios

Colles Stowell launched the non-profit One Fish Foundation in 2015 to talk to students of all ages about such critical issues as how seafood is harvested or farmed, climate change impacts on marine ecosystems, and fisheries management policies. The One Fish Foundation mission is to ensure students, their parents and local communities understand that where their seafood comes from, how and when it was harvested and even by whom matters.

Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director of of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. For over 25 years, Niaz has been working on advancing the rights and ecological benefits of small- and mid-scale traditional and indigenous fishing communities as a means of protecting global marine biodiversity. For the past 10 years, she’s been the coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. NAMA was instrumental in piloting the very first CSF and has since been working to replicate the model rooted in values and ensuring sea-based food are included in strategies to fix our broken food system. She will highlight Slow Fish and Local Catch values and how they fit in the community accountability model.

Nic Mink – Nic is co-founder, CEO, and president of Sitka Salmon Shares, a direct-to-consumer seafood company that is a leading provider of premium wild Alaskan seafood to home cooks in the Midwest. Before becoming a fishmonger, he spent more than a decade in academia, earning a PhD in history, with an affiliation with the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He taught in the fields of food systems, environmental studies, and history, holding appointments at Northwestern University, Butler University, Knox College, and several campuses in the University of Wisconsin system. At Sitka Salmon Shares, Nic oversees the strategic direction, communications, and operations of a company that connects our collective of 30 small-boat family fishermen with nearly 10,000 Community Supported Fishery members.

Brett Alger – Brett is a the NOAA National Observer Program’s Electronic Technologies Coordinator. Prior to his move to Silver Spring, Brett working in the Sustainable Fisheries Division at the NOAA FIsheries Greater Atlantic Regional Office, leading efforts to advance EM/ER in the region and helped implement the Northeast Multispecies (groundfish) Fishery Management plan, and was co-lead on groundfish sector development.

Gil Sylvia – Dr. Gil Sylvia is a Marine Resource Economist and Director of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES) at Oregon State University. His research career has focused on fishery and aquaculture economics, management, and seafood marketing. As Director of COMES, the largest applied marine research organization in Oregon, he works in close collaboration with the fishing and seafood industry, coastal communities, and management agencies to increase benefits from utilizing and sustaining West Coast fishery resources. Beginning in 2005 he co-led project to improve salmon management using near real time information systems In 2011-2012 he organized a series of workshops to support development of electronic fishery information systems for West Coast fisheries.